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Fourth place Chelsea will go in search of their first win in three when they travel to Upton Park to take on West Ham United.

Jose Mourinho’s side followed up their 2-0 loss to Newcastle with a 2-2 draw at home to Steve Clarke’s West Bromwich Albion side.

The results have left Chelsea four points behind leaders Arsenal and the Blues will want to get back on track following the International break.



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Mourinho is sweating on the fitness of Ashley Cole a after the left back aggravated a rib injury during England’s defeat to Germany on Tuesday.

Fernando Torres could return after a leg injury kept him out of the last two games while Marco van Ginkel is a long-term absentee with a knee injury.

West Ham meanwhile have managed just 9 league goals so far this, five in front of their own fans, and with his side currently 16th in the table Allardyce wants his side to take their chances as they go in search of a first league win in four.

“In terms of our goals it’s not that we’re not creating chances but we’re not converting them. Our chance conversion is among the worst and that has to improve” the former Newcastle United manager said.

“We played against Spurs and scored three goals, we could have scored more goals against a lot of teams.

“In the striker area, they are not delivering goals in the game. We have outplayed a lot of teams since we have played without a striker.

“The tactical side of it has worked, but we haven’t taken our chances.

“To take the pressure off us all we need results. We haven’t achieved that so far, and we need to turn the performances into results.

“With those two results for Chelsea there’s a chance to see where their weaknesses lie.”

Allardyce will once again be without summer signing Andy Carroll however he is hopeful of having both James Collins and Joey O’Brien available for selection.

Defender Razvan Rat (hamstring) is struggling to be fit for the game however left-back George McCartney will be in the squad after proving his fitness following a spell on the sidelines with a knee injury.

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.